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My BH in 45 Colt is good for Ruger only loads, correct?

Anyone have any pet loads that they find work well in theirs? I have a box of 250 grain RNFP anda pound of Unique. Any good ones with this combo? Other suggestions?
 

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Unique is a super powder for level 1 and 2 loads up to around 1000 fps max . You need to switch to something like 4227 or 296 to get that extra horse power in a ruger .So what other powder do have in stock . 8.0 unique should cloverleaf at 25 yds and a good SASS load 6.0 of unique . Read this paste lots good stuff for 45LC

http://www.chuckhawks.com/high-pressure45.htm
 

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There's some interesting stuff in that link, TN. Thanks.

I only have Unique on hand. I load my 45 Colt, 45 acp and 357 magnums with it. It's a nice universal powder and makes things convenient. I usually load my 45 Colt with 9 grains of Unique with the 200 or 250 grain RNFP. Should be running just over 900 fps. I have some 250 grain XTPs that I loaded with 10.5 grains of Unique for me Redhawk, but haven't shot any of them yet. Should be about 1100 fps from what I was told.
 

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There's some interesting stuff in that link, TN. Thanks.

I only have Unique on hand. I load my 45 Colt, 45 acp and 357 magnums with it. It's a nice universal powder and makes things convenient. I usually load my 45 Colt with 9 grains of Unique with the 200 or 250 grain RNFP. Should be running just over 900 fps. I have some 250 grain XTPs that I loaded with 10.5 grains of Unique for me Redhawk, but haven't shot any of them yet. Should be about 1100 fps from what I was told.
8.0 Unique was the most accurate with 250 gr bullet in 3 different 45 LC
 

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The Lyman Cast Bullet Handbook lists starting load of 9.0gr. to 11.5gr. at 1185fps. from a Blackhawk with a 7.5" bbl. With a grove dia of .451" & 250gr. RNFP size to .452". & cast from #2 alloy (tried to find hardness of #2 but could not).
 

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I load everything to 9 grains right now. I'll make a few with 9.5 and then 10 when I get some empty brass. I don't know if I'll go any heavier than that. As I told you, I'm tender. :)
 

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Excerpt from www.reloadammo.com

250-255 grain LRNFP (Lead Round Nose, flat point)
Bullseye 6.3 gr. 810
Unique 6.4 gr. 716 (very mild, caution, some bullets
can stick in barrel- this is below MINIMUM.)
Unique 7.0 gr. 722 (mild in 4 5/8" bbl)
Unique 8.6 gr. 891 MAX in one manual
Unique 8.5 gr. 734 (Actual in 7 1/2" bbl revolver)
Unique 8.5 gr. 963 (Actual in Rossi 45 Carbine)
Unique 9.0 gr. 905 MAX LOAD (I got 932.2 in revolver)
Unique 9.5 gr.*** 992 MAX+ (Actual in 7 1/2" bbl revolver)
Unique 10.0 gr.*** 1024 MAX+ (Actual in 7 1/2" bbl 250 gr. RNFP)
Unique 10.0 gr.*** 1007 MAX+ (Actual in 7 1/2" bbl 255 gr. SWC)
(I do not recommend over 8.5 gr of Unique; tough on guns)


I have used 8.5 gr in the 250 LRNFP without a problem. It is my favorite load with Unique.

Also some good info here:
www.sixguns.com/tests/tt45lc
 

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I've been shooting 200 grain LRNFP's with 9 grains of Unique in my Montado with good results. The Montado is a New vaquero with a smaller frame, so I figure that the BH and original Vaqueros should handle more.
 

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The Lyman Cast Bullet Handbook lists starting load of 9.0gr. to 11.5gr. at 1185fps. from a Blackhawk with a 7.5" bbl. With a grove dia of .451" & 250gr. RNFP size to .452". & cast from #2 alloy (tried to find hardness of #2 but could not).
Linotype = BNH 22
Lyman #2 alloy = BNH 16
Standard wheelweights = BNH 10 to 12
Pure lead = BNH 6-8
 

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8.0 grains Unique and a 250-255 bullet is a pretty standard load for any of the 45 Colts. Your Blackhawk will take a bit more of course, but be careful. Unique pressures jump quickly.

I have not found it to be a great powder for heavier loads. If you use 296 or H110 I think you will get some pretty amazing results.
 

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Might also want to try 20 grains of H4227 with a LSWC 255gr Keith style bullet. Very accurate especially with short bbl Rugers. For a heavier bullet try 21 grains of IMR-4227 and a 300 grain bullet w/WLP primer.

Have you read the Taffin Tests? Good info for the library.

http://www.sixguns.com/tests/tt45lc.htm
 
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